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Made to Serve Others

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The very first words we read in this 40 Days of Purpose series were, “It’s not about you.” You were created for more than just to serve yourself. You were created to serve God and to serve others. 

If we want to move from being overwhelmed all the time to being a person who is so full of joy and peace and God’s love that we overflow to those around us, we must shift our mindset from being stingy to being generous. 

What do I mean by that? I'm not just talking about money, I'm talking about our time, generous with our energy, generous with our compliments. Stinginess is evidence of a shortage mentality, “If I give it away, I'm not going to have enough for me." That's a shortage mentality. It means we don't trust the goodness of God. When we say, "I can't afford to be generous sponsoring an orphan. I can't afford to give money away to other people. I need it all for me," we don't understand how the universe operates. 

Here’s the truth: God created a universal law, the more we give away, the more we're going to get. 

God wired the universe in that way, that the more we give, the more we'll get. There’s many examples in scripture, sowing and reaping. 

God set it up this way, because he wants us to become like him. God is a giver. The most generous being of all is God. Everything we have is the gift of God's generosity. God wants you to learn to be like him. Like Father, like son. Like Father, like daughter. "God so loved the world that He gave … “ 

Now we can give without loving, but we cannot love without giving. This really upsets some people. When you hit the stingy nerve in them, it just irritates them because they don't understand the universe is: the more generous I am, the more God is going to bless me. In every single area of life.

When I'm afraid to give away, it means I'm living a shortage mentality. I'm not living a surplus mentality. 

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”  And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

Now, you've heard me say this many times, never give under pressure. If anybody ever pressures you to give, don't give, because you don't get any credit for it. If you felt pressured from me, don't give, because you don't get any credit for it. God loves a cheerful giver. God doesn't need our money. He's the source of all supply. He wants what it represents: our heart. Do we trust him? Do we have a shortage mentality, or do we have a surplus mentality? 

Whatever you want God to bless, you put him first in. Do you trust Jesus? You say, "Well, I trust him to get me to heaven." Do you trust him for anything else? How much? We'll close with this verse. Jesus says this...

Luke 6:38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back

So if I’m going to have an overflowing life I’ve got to stop being stingy and start being generous. One way to be generous is to serve at church with the gifts and talents God has given you. He didn’t bless you with those just to use on yourself or to earn a living. 

I encourage you to pray about serving, and if you haven’t taken CLASS 301 to find out your ministry S.H.A.P.E. I encourage you to take CLASS 301 on February 16. Take this step in discovering the ministry God has shaped you for. Then, when you find out, start serving in that area.